Casting is a vital component of any movie: get it right and audiences will be effortlessly put under an actor's spell, but get it wrong and they'll be permanently distracted by how utterly wrong a performer is for a part.
And though we can never predict with 100% certainty how a performance will turn out based on pure casting alone - look at how much of a disappointment Batfleck was, by no fault of his own - it is nevertheless a solid indicator of the thought processes going into a given movie.
And so, with these 10 movies due for release over the next year or two, each is turning a lot of heads with these spectacularly smart and inspired casting picks, whether taking the obvious route everyone wanted or making a left-field choice that, on reflection, feels just right.
Again, it remains to be seen how these films will actually turn out, but the ingenious casting decisions immediately inspire hope that those making the big creative calls know what they're doing.
If these actors are allowed to reach their full potential, don't be surprised to see a few of them competing for Academy Awards in the near-future...